Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Bagan Medical Clinic

This report is based on information from Doctor Hla Tun, who also supplied the photographs.

The previous report showing monthly statistics covered the period up to the end of October 2014, when the total number of treatments since the Clinic opened on August 6, 2011 was 118,801.

Treatment Summary

The table below summarises the number of treatments per month from November 2014 to October 2015 and the total number of treatments since the clinic opened on August 6, 2011 (missing figures will be added later).

In summary, at the end of October 2014 the Bagan Medical Clinic has been operating for 4 years and 3 months, carrying out a total of 159,680 treatments.

Month Treatments in month Total treatments
November 2014 5,377 124,178
December 2014 n/a n/a
January 2015 n/a n/a
February 2015 n/a n/a
March 2015 n/a 139,502
April 2015 1,320 140,822
May 2015 2,484 143,306
June 2015 3,070 146,376
July 2015 4,706 151,082
August 2015 2,863 153,945
September 2015 2,935 156,880
October 2015 2,800 159,680

General Notes

Water Festival/New Year

During April 2015, the Clinic closed for only one week during the important Water Festival and New Year.


A lady opthalmologist who works in Chauk Hospital (about 20 miles from the Bagan Clinic) has started to treat patients in the Bagan Clinic every other Saturday.

The Opthalmologist at work.

New Clinic Building

In October 2015, construction started on a further new clinic building in the Bagan Monastery compound. This will provide an Eye Care Centre and X-ray facilities.

The new building under construction.

A Young Patient

A young boy had mistaken pills for chocolate (because of their colour) with unfortunate results.

A young patient.

Ethnic Groups in Burma

Burma comprises a number of distinct ethnic groups. Chin State, in the north west of Myanmar, is hilly and cooler. There is a tradition of eating dog meat as a protection against the cold. One Chin lady patient displayed facial tattoos. This tradition originated hundreds of years ago when a King wished to marry a beautiful Chin girl. Unwilling to be married to the King, the girl had tattoos to destroy her looks. The patient complained of difficulty eating because of inflammation resulting from the tattooing.

Chin lady patient with facial tattoos.

An Elderly Brother and Sister

In October, an elderly brother and sister attending the clinic were given priority, because of their age. The lady was 90 and the man 92, survivors of a family of five brothers and sisters.

An elderly brother and sister.

Donation of Reading Glasses

On 14th November 2014, around 100 patients received reading glasses in the Bagan Medical Clinic.

Selection of reading glasses.

Concert at Bagan Medical Clinic

Also on the 14th November 2014, 12 students gave a concert at the Bagan Medical Centre. 10 students danced, while a boy and girl performed a traditional comedy dance.

Ten students dancing.

A boy and girl perform a traditional comedy dance.

Donation of Walking Stick

A 91 year old lady with walking difficulty was given a walking stick by the clinic.

Donation of walking stick.

Free Lunches

With the continuing co-operation of the Abbot of Bagan Monastery and the 'Road to Mandalay' ship, lunch is served to patients and their companions on the clinic days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

Free Lunch being served to waiting patients, under the watchful eye of the Abbot.

Other reports on medical support in Myanmar

There are a number of posts in this Blog describing medical support in Myanmar provided by the RTM Social Contribution with help from donors around the world. You can find them all here.


There's a collection of pictures showing the Bagan Clinic from its inception here.

Doctor Hla Tun's photographs showing the work of the Bagan Clinic in 2014 are here and those taken in 2015 are here.